hiking

hiking
2 days ago

The trail is definitely moderate to the falls. I would've rated 4 stars but the lack of accessibility to the falls along the trail was disappointing. Not to say you couldn't bushwhack your way down, but I wasn't really in the mood for that on this particular day. Other sites mention a lost lake...don't waste your time. First off the trail is 1700' of gain in the 1 mile up to it. Secondly, the "lake" down almost 25' feet from its normal level. If you must check it out the trail is after your first stream crossing past the main falls, to the left on the side of the creek you came from. Judging from old posts about it there used to be a janky wooden bridge. It's been washed out and caused us to miss it on our way up initially, even though you can clearly see the trail. Cross and start climbing. 3/4 of the way up is a rusted out late model truck. If you stay on Higgins Creek Trail it follows the stream to the top and eventually intersects with a forest service road on the ridge.

Wet and rocky! Beautiful hike right from the beginning. We went a couple weeks ago after we had a ton of rain and the water was up, we had a hard time finding a place to cross the creek so taking our shoes off and going across it barefoot was about our only option. Waterfall is fantastic! A must see.

We really enjoyed this water fall hike. It was super private and lightly trafficked. Felt like you were out in the middle of no where. We didn't see another soul out here while we were hiking. Our dog loved it and was able to hike off leash the entire time. The water fall was huge and beautiful.

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike ,bald mt. Was fogged in would like to go back on a clear day ,looking forward to it ! Last month

Went during a rain storm so the falls had some extra volume and enjoyed the empty hike.
Drive past the no parking signs. There is parking in the forest. Climb down to the falls view from path.

Definitely some elevation gain but a good hike. Saw bear scat and tracks so that kept me on my toes. Had bear spray but really didn't want to have to use it.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great hike, I'm not a fan with sharing trails with horses personally. The first 1.3 miles is on a trail that horseback riders frequent on. After that it's pure wilderness to yourself. I would suggest this hike from winter to early spring due to foliage. I still had to push through some and it was at the minimal. The trail may slightly disappear during the summer but as long as you keep following up Chigger Branch you are going to find this awesome cascade.

hiking
2 months ago

I think some dissapointed hiker might followed the main map above, which actually incorrect in a way that it does not follow the Squibb creek trail all the way. It misses a right turn and it goes on the turkey pen trail. This will not lead to the main waterfall. See my recording for the trail, if you want to see the large waterfall. Note: I suggested an edit to the main map that may fix this

horseback riding
3 months ago

Great ride! The no trespassing signs before you get to the parking area are for the private land before the road ends on Nat. Forest land. But there are there to intimidate. There is legal pubic parking at the end of the road. Just cross the bridge and keep going to park.

I was a bit disappointed. The waterfall was nice, but I don't think it was worth the hike.